SuperYacht Sinks – Crew of Eight Safe

Further to our story of yesterday here is more in formation about Yogi.

The video of the rescue operation can be viewed here.

In the early morning of Friday 17th February the 60 metre Superyacht Yogi foundered 20 miles off the coast of the Greek Island of Skyros

The 843 dwt yacht was on a voyage from Istanbul to the South of France when the disaster occurred

The yacht registered in Marseille France was under the command of French Captain Jean Louis Carrel.  He was sailing with a French crew of seven a number significantly less than the yachts normal complement during the summer season when typically she would carry a crew of 15

All eight men were winched to safety during a copybook helicopter rescue coordinated by the Greek Coastguard.

The yacht was delivered to her owners during the early part of 2011.  She had been delivered by the Turkish builder Proteksan Turquoise from their yard in Tuzla and took part in the MYBA charter yacht show in Genoa in May of that year.

Never intended to carry the designation: Discovery Yacht, Yogi nevertheless has the butch, purposeful, seaman-like looks and a definite spirit of expedition feel.

Her 60 metre hull is peppered with large side windows and oversized portholes that ensure natural light permeates the interior and while doing so, give the vessel a pleasing look to her profile

Yogi was the middle of three yachts to be launched in the spring of 2011. The first to emerge was Turquoise and within weeks of Yogi taking to the water the 74 metre Talisman C joined her sisters on the dock face at the shipyard.

Little is known publicly about the Superyachts sinking, early reports suggested she had suffered mechanical failure in the engine room while others spoke of an exhaust issue.

No one from the yachts crew or her managers were available for comment when asked for more details.

What is known is that the yacht had just departed the shipyard that built her having undergone warranty work and was being prepared for a season of summer chartering in the Mediterranean at €378,000 a week.

LOA 60.2 metres
LWL 54.8 metres
Beam 9.4 metres
Draught 3.3 metres
Displacement 843 tonnes
Engine(s) 2 x Caterpillar 3512B
Power 2 x 1911 hp
Speed (max) 16 knots
Speed (cruise) 12 knots
Fuel capacity 100,000 litres
Range at 12 knots 5,000 nm
Owner and guests (number) 12
Crew (number) 15
Exterior styling Proteksan Turquoise Yachts / J G Vergès Design
Interior designer J G Vergès Design
Year of build 2011
Charter broker Burgess 
Charter rates From €357,000 pw


  1. As i know, the captain and crew members were warned about the bad weather conditions around over aegan sea which was foreseen for friday, at the begining of the week.Additionally, they should have left the shipyard on monday but they did decide to wait and left on tuesday. the boat has 6 watertight hatches and 3 watertight doors after engineroom. Both practically and therocilally, it was impossible to sink that kind of boat which has already sisterships with a good stability conditions. On the other hand, the crew reported that they couldnot activate the emergency genarator and so couldn’t use the bilge pumps. But, somehow, the emergency lights were on even the boat was sinking. There is something wrong here. Another issue is the depth of the sea at concerning area. the point that the boat sank off is the deepest area of that zone!!! So, there is no way to dive and do the inspection and investigation on watertight hatches to find out wheteher they were closed or open.And so, whether this is happened because of a mistake of flag authority, class, hatch or door producer or shipyard. just one thing i can say, this is a shame.

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